Episode Forty-Four: Immigration with Shannon Underwood


Today we’re talking to Shannon Underwood about immigration!  Shannon M. Underwood practices exclusively in the area of immigration law as a Partner at Global Justice Law Group in Seattle, WA.  She represents clients from all over the world in a variety of immigration-related cases including deportation proceedings, family-based petitions, protection under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), naturalization, and asylum. Shannon also served as an International Legal Consultant for the International Organization for Migration in Cairo, Egypt and recently founded an International Consulting firm to continue this type of work from her new home in Dakar, Senegal.

Shannon and I talk about why the immigration issue is so complicated, we tackle some of the common arguments against immigration and dive into the issue of immigration and jobs.  Shannon’s expertise and common sense wisdom on this topic will really help you wrap your mind around this complex and controversial topic.

Find out more about Shannon’s work with the Global Justice Law Group on their website.

Also discussed in this episode:

14 Most Common Arguments Against Immigration

George J. Borjas article on Immigration and American Workers

We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative by George J. Borjas

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza